Today, David Tisch announced on his blog that he is stepping down from his day-to-day role at Techstars as Managing Director of our New York City program.
I’ve gotten to know David very well over the last two years. I moved to New York City for 4 months in early 2011 to help run the first Techstars program there. That’s when I got to know him well and came to understand his passion for both startups and for New York City. He’s an incredibly strong and insightful investor and his feedback to Techstars companies has always been spot on. David takes a no bullshit approach, and you always know what he thinks and why he thinks that way. From personal experience, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as an investor. I think he has earned that ten times over.
While David Tisch won’t be involved in Techstars on a day-to-day basis, I’m thrilled that he has agreed to continue investing in Techstars and to be a mentor in NYC. This is a win not only for Techstars, but for the NYC startup community.
These two years of working with David have been a blast. He did some amazing stuff in NYC for Techstars, and I couldn’t be more proud of it all. Perhaps best of all, I now consider David Tisch a close personal friend, and I think that will last a lifetime.